Tag Archives: Employment Research Division

June 2020 Employment and Unemployment in Oregon’s Counties

In June 2020, all 36 of Oregon’s counties experienced over-the-month decreases in their unemployment rates. In 16 of Oregon’s 36 counties, unemployment rates dropped by 3 percentage points or more. Clatsop County experienced the largest over-the-month decrease at 8.1 percentage points. Counties with the smallest percentage point changes in their unemployment rates since May 2020 […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Who Can’t Work From Home During a Global Pandemic?

COVID-19 rapidly spread across the United States and forced a patchwork of shutdowns that reduced business activity in order to save lives. Oregon is no exception as the “Stay Home, Save Lives” executive order was put into effect on March 23rd which enforced social distancing rules. Faced with few options, organizations who could shift to […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Oregon Recovers Nearly One-Third of COVID-19 Job Losses

Oregon’s total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 56,600 jobs in June, following a gain of 26,100 jobs in May. Over the past two months, employers added back nearly one-third of the jobs that were cut in March and April. Over-the-month job gains in June were largest in leisure and hospitality (+31,400 jobs); retail trade (+6,800); health care and social assistance (+6,200); […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: In Honor of Juneteenth: Black Oregonians in the Labor Force

This Friday June 19, celebrate freedom by celebrating Juneteenth! Short for “June Nineteenth,” Juneteenth commemorates the 1865 arrival of federal troops in Galveston, Texas, to ensure that all enslaved people be freed. Their arrival was over two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is considered the longest-running African-American holiday (read more at History.com). […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: COVID-19 Employment Crisis Continues in May

“Although Oregon experienced job gains due to the limited resumption of economic activity in May, over the past three months of the COVID-19 pandemic job losses have totaled 243,500. Historically, this loss is unprecedented and currently thousands of Oregonians are still suffering the economic realities of being unemployed,” said Anna Johnson, Senior Economic Analyst with […]
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Oregon’s Minimum Wage Increases on July 1, 2020

Oregon’s minimum wage increases on July 1, 2020, but the raises won’t be the same across the state. The minimum wage increases to $13.25 per hour inside the Portland urban growth boundary, $11.50 per hour in nonurban counties, and $12.00 in other areas of the state. Oregon’s minimum wage levels were set by Senate Bill […]
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Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Initial Claims and Unemployment Benefits in Oregon

During the week of May 3 to May 9, 2020, the Oregon Employment Department received 14,100 initial claims for unemployment benefits. The agency has received 396,000 initial claims since COVID-19 business closures began in mid-March. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Initial Claims and Unemployment Benefits in Oregon

Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Initial Claims and Unemployment Benefits in Oregon

During the week of April 26 to May 2, the Oregon Employment Department received 19,600 initial claims for unemployment benefits. The agency has received more than 381,800 initial claims since COVID-19 businesses closures began in mid-March. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Initial Claims and Unemployment Benefits in Oregon

Initial Claims and Additional Unemployment Benefits in Oregon

During the week of April 19 to April 25, the Oregon Employment Department received 28,500 initial claims for unemployment benefits. Since public health and safety measures began the week starting March 15, Oregon has received more than 362,200 initial claims for unemployment insurance. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Initial Claims and Additional Unemployment Benefits […]
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Initial Claims and Additional Unemployment Benefits in Oregon

During the week of April 12 to April 18, the Oregon Employment Department received 36,700 initial claims for unemployment benefits. Since public health measures began the week starting March 15, Oregon has received about 333,700 initial claims for unemployment insurance. Source: Oregon Workforce and Economic Information: Initial Claims and Additional Unemployment Benefits in Oregon